Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television
This is essential reading for anyone interested in directing or acting. Judith Weston's brilliance is to recognize that directors, actors, writers, and technicians are involved in a process that is at essence a collaboration. In order for them to have the best shot at creating something true and meaningful, they must share a language and a method of exchange that fosters creative cooperation. Weston rightly sees the director as the central figure in inspiring the energy of a production's harmony. She advises the prospective director on every aspect of a stage or film production, showing how the director can draw the best performances possible from actors. -- From Amazon.com.
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At this point I ought to talk about verbs again . Verbs are an emotional and
imaginative extension of physical tasks . The more physical the verb is the better .
If you want to punish someone , getting him to feel punished is a task , like
making a ...
reads his lines exactly the same , no matter what he ' s getting from the other
person , then you will have seen that the auditioning actor has locked into a line
reading , that he has low flexibility and doesn ' t listen . You want to cast people
actors after each take , to keep their attention forward , because if an actor ' s
work on a scene is not getting better it is getting worse . It ' s like the love affair
that the Woody Allen character in “ Annie Hall ” compares to a shark : if it doesn ' t
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Review: Directing ActorsUser Review - Sam - Goodreads
Anyone who is interested in working with actors should read this book; It's one of my the very best books I've read on the subject. Read full review
Review: Directing ActorsUser Review - Mike - Goodreads
An excellent resource for directing actors. Two thumbs up. Recommended in USC SCA Grad school. Check it out. Ms. Weston love trying to stretch your mind. If you get annoyed by it, just start skimming through and you'll still get a lot out of it. Read full review
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